Let’s face it, pets are fussy. Some are so fussy, they refuse to eat. This is not only frustrating to pet owners but it also jeopardizes our pet’s health. Some people will try anything to get their pet to eat. The latest trend is with elevating the pet dish to, as some argue, make feeding more comfortable for the pet. This solution may be especially helpful for larger pets who may suffer from arthritis or back problems or bloat.
One reason an elevated plate works for some pets is the elevated dish puts less strain on the pet’s back or shoulders so when they are eating, they may appear to be in a more natural position. Others are against elevated plates and some research indicates that raised bowls actually do more harm than good. For instance, research suggests that elevated bowls contribute to bloat. Others agree that what is most natural for a pet is eating off the ground because that’s what animals in the wild do.
Whichever side of the fence you are on, one thing is certain – pet’s have specific preferences about how they eat. Some prefer eating from a traditional bowl, some prefer eating from elevated dishes, and others prefer eating off the floor. It is our opinion that finicky pets – those that turn their nose up when their food is presented, have stronger opinions about meal time than other pets.
The Pet Plate solves common feeding problems because it works in tandem with both the floor position or the elevated position. For us, the choice to elevate depends solely on the pet’s preferences. And as pet owners, we’ll do whatever it takes to help our pet’s eat successfully and happily.
A leading cause of animal stress is caused by dietary upset due to changing a pet’s food. Many pet owners switch foods because their pet won’t eat or because they believe their pet does not like the food that is presented. Often times, that is not the case. Most pets are not that fussy about what food they eat, they are fussy about how they are fed.
Pets are domesticated wild animals who instinctively prefer eating off the ground. But many pet owners use a round bowl with high sides to feed their pets. A bowl is counter-intuitive to a pet’s natural instincts. Pets like to see what is around them when they are eating; they prefer to have a sense of their environment while they eat. Cats even encounter whisker stress when they eat from a bowl.
This can be avoided if the proper feeding dish is used. The Pet Plate is a flat dish with sides that are high enough to keep the food in the plate, but low enough for pets to see out while they are eating. It is also low enough to prevent whisker stress in cats.
If you have a pet who is not eating, and you’ve ruled out any health issues with your vet, then before you change their food and disrupt their gastrointestinal system, consider switching their feeding dish. It may just be the answer you’ve been looking for.
We’ve read through many articles on why pets won’t eat, especially when our dog Bandit was not eating. Here are some of the common reasons why pets won’t eat.
- Gastrointestinal Upset
- Behavior Problems
- Change in Routine
- Picky Eater
- Senior Pets
- Recent Vaccination
One thing is certain, if your pet won’t eat, they should be checked by your vet to rule out any serious medical issues. If your pet receives a clean bill of health, but they still won’t eat even after you try taking the food dish away after 15 minutes, not feeding treats, etc. then you absolutely must consider the feeding system as an issue.
Believe it or not, there are many animals out there that do not like eating out of a traditional food bowl. From what we’ve observed with our dog, he hates eating from a bowl. Yes, will he eat from a bowl if he is hungry enough, sure. But he won’t eat consistently and he won’t be happy about it.
Traditional food bowls aren’t good for some pets because:
- Sides are too high and they can’t see what’s around them
- Tags hit the rim and scare the animal
- They prefer eating off the ground
If your pet is scoffing at his food, don’t assume it is the food itself. The cause may be something that you’ve never considered – his feeding system.
Think you aren’t alone when it comes to feeding issues.
Here are some articles, along with hundreds of comments, about reasons why animals won’t eat and the stress their owners face as a result.
Have you ever experienced a time when your pet won’t eat. It is extremely worrisome and frustrating when you cannot figure out why a beloved pet stops eating. For our dog, Bandit, we spent many years trying to figure out why he wouldn’t eat. He would not eat for a few days, then eat, then just pick at his food. We’d add treats or cheese to his food, but he just would not consistently eat.
Bandit is a medium sized dog who weighs about 20 pounds. But we’ve had smaller dogs over the years who were finicky eaters too. We always chalked it up to the type of food they were eating and food manufacturers preyed on this notion. We bought and tried food after food for Bandit but he was never that ravenous dog who just devoured his meals.
Many of his meals were spent barking at his dish. The only way we could get him to eat was to dump his food on the floor – GROSS!
Eating off the floor is unsanitary and food goes everywhere. It just wasn’t practical to put his food on the floor. We tried paper plates, tart pans, and other contraptions and we even tried switching his food. It wasn’t until we tried something completely unique and tested it over several months that we learned what would finally entice Bandit to eat.